Category: Founders

The history of WAKO is the corner stone of the development in western style kickboxing that has been created as a synthesis of multiple martial arts styles. In this section we introduce the founders of the global association as well as people who have been instrumental in the early days of this sport.

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Mike Anderson

The first president of the global WAKO federation and one of its founders. Read all about the American who made up the original rules of all-style karate leading the way to today’s kickboxing. Anderson earned the reputation of being the father of western kickboxing as it is known today.